Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer
Mar04

Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer

During yesterday’s meeting with the media, Clint Hurdle made two comments that really stood out to me as far as how the Pirates see two of their starting positions. The first base position has been in question this off-season, with Andrew Lambo seeming to be the front-runner. The Pirates added Chris McGuiness, who has looked good in limited appearances so far this Spring. But Hurdle’s comments on McGuiness pointed to Lambo...

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Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing
Mar04

Pirates’ Manager Clint Hurdle on Quantifying Pitch Framing

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus released a study with a very intense look at quantifying catcher blocking and pitch framing. The study showed that Russell Martin’s framing and blocking last year was with 2.4 wins, while Chris Stewart’s work with the Yankees was worth 1.9 wins. I asked Clint Hurdle about the idea of finding value behind framing and blocking after yesterday’s game to get his input on the study. “I...

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First Pitch: Five Big Stories to Watch From Minor League Camp
Mar04

First Pitch: Five Big Stories to Watch From Minor League Camp

Today is the first day of full squad workouts at Minor League camp. Previously the Pirates had minor league players in camp, but mostly lower level guys, and only partial practices. The Minor League Spring Training schedule begins today with a camp day. On Friday, the Pirates start playing games against other teams. So far the only thing that has been taking place has been batting practice, fielding and base running drills, and a few...

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Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent
Mar03

Pirates Rank Fourth Among Top 25-And-Under Talent

Baseball Prospectus released their organization rankings of 25-and-Under Talent and the Pittsburgh Pirates were ranked fourth overall. This list differs from their top prospects list, because it includes players already in the majors, which adds Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte and Jose Tabata to the list. The Pirates are ranked behind three other National League teams, the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and the top-ranked St Louis...

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2013 Draft Picks JaCoby Jones, Adam Frazier, and Erich Weiss BP (Video)
Mar03

2013 Draft Picks JaCoby Jones, Adam Frazier, and Erich Weiss BP (Video)

JaCoby Jones, CF – 3rd round pick out of LSU. Signed for slot ($612,000). Very athletic player who played center field and shortstop in his pro debut before going down for the season with a knee injury. The injury isn’t expected to limit his positional availability in the future. High upside guy/breakout candidate. Adam Frazier, SS – 6th round pick out of Mississippi State. Signed for slot ($240,600). Can play second...

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The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers
Mar03

The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers

There has been a lot of talk the last few years about pitch framing for catchers, along with the importance of blocking skills. In the last year this has become a big topic for the Pirates, due to the signing of Russell Martin, who is rated one of the best pitch framers in the game. Despite the realization of the value of pitch framing and blocking, we haven’t really had an accurate way of calculating the actual value of a good...

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